Explore Varanasi on a city tour.
The chief temples of the holy city are located within 5 km of each other. Start with the Sankat Mochan Temple that is dedicated to Lord Hanuman.
A short walk from here takes you to Tulsi Manas Temple. This is where the Devnagari version of the Ramayan was written, which made the epic tale accessible to the masses. Earlier, the Ramayan was only understandable and accessible to the Sanskrit speaking elite. In addition to the historical significance, the temple's architecture and design are stunning.
Next on the list is Kashi Vishwanath, the chief temple of Varanasi. It is one of the twelve jyotirlingas (prime Shiva Temples), that are spread across India. One of the highlights of the temple is its dome, which is plated in gold.
Kashi Vishwanath is located next to the River Ganga, and is close to the Dasashwamedha Ghat (stairway to a river), the main ghat in Varanasi. The word Dasashwamedha translates to a ceremony where ten horses were sacrificed, in this case, by Lord Brahma, to welcome Lord Shiva to Varanasi.
You must catch the Ganga aarthi that takes place every evening at the ghats of Varanasi.